19 Dec 2012

Reversible Stripes



Autumn just wouldn't be the same without a visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show in "Allie Pallie" (Alexandra Palace in London.) The show has its own special character, with three halls overflowing with display booths, shops, classes, student shows and so on. Every year there is also a special event such as a quilting display or a Japanese knitting exhibition. Always magical.

And then there are the remnant boxes - my downfall. Bargain end-of-line yarns just asking to go home with you. Last year, already laden with packages, we came across a remnant box filled with Lang Gobi yarn. The super-soft mixture of extra-fine merino and baby camel hair was stunning. The colours were wonderful and set me in mind of a recent visit to a favourite town we love going to, Asheville in North Carolina. The beautiful russet colour of one of the yarns was just like the autumn leaves with their warm, glowing tints.

Unfortunately there wasn't enough for a large project but it got me thinking about colours. After my return home I found a very similar combination with Valley Yarns Amherst which is a beautifully soft 100% merino wool. So I set to with some stitch swatches. 

By great good fortune, I had also recently discovered a stitch pattern which might just become one of my favourites - a reversible stitch called Roman Striped Lace. It is a lovely stitch even when worked in a single colour, but really comes into its own when two different coloured yarns are used.

Usually a stripe will look good when seen from the right side, but turn it over and there is a little line of two-colour "purl bumps" which mar the wrong side. You can try to ignore them or even embrace them and make this line part of your design, but they are almost always there. But here.....


Ta-Da! No bi-colour purls. No off-colour lines at the transition points. In fact it is really hard to see which is the right side and which is the wrong side. A perfect stitch choice for such a gorgeous yarn. As I worked, the scarf was so soft and warm in my hands and I knew this was a winner. Winter chills around the neck are a thing of the past!

The pattern is now available for this scarf: the Chalfont Scarf. I have included three different sizes and also three colourways to give lots of knitting options. Click here for a blogpost giving details about this pattern and to see photos of the different colourways.

Happy Knitting!

Moira


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